Tottenham Hotspur are considering handing star midfielder Mousa Dembele a new contract as a reward for his excellent form this season. His current deal at White Hart Lane runs down in the summer of 2017.
The Belgium international scored a stunner to help the north London club beat Anderlecht 2-1 in the Europa League clash at home. The result saw Tottenham sit on top of Group J after Harry Kane had given the hosts a lead in the first half.
Dembele has over 18 months left on his current deal. According to the Mirror, Mauricio Pochettino wants to secure his long-term future and hand him a new deal to keep him at the Lane.
Napoli were reportedly interested in signing the 28-year-old midfielder. However, the player himself has rejected these speculations linking him with a move to the Serie A in the January transfer window.
Lack of opportunities had raised concerns over his long-term future at Tottenham. However, since returning to the starting lineup against Liverpool in October, Dembele has been in impressive form for Pochettino's side.
The former Southampton boss is delighted with the Belgian's rise in recent times and wants to reward him with a new deal. Talks over contract extension should take place very soon, but Dembele is in no hurry to put pen on paper as he wants to cement a place in Tottenham's starting XI.
The midfielder had 10 appearances in the league in the 2014/15 season. Lack of opportunities had raised concerns over his Tottenham future, which saw him being linked with a move away from his current employers.
However, Dembele has already made seven league appearances out of 11 matches played this term, scoring two goals in the process. The Mirror has not suggested the length of the new deal and they also claim the player wants to consider his options before agreeing to an extension.